Archive for February, 2006

Crash Into Me

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Roger Ebert loves Crash and he makes it clear why. It’s a modern day Dickens novel unwrapping in a movie. It’s generated letters to him from sincere people who say the movie made them think. It has the power to change our perceptions and make the world a better place. And all those reasons above […]

Johnny Be Bad

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

          John Williams has made me angry. I heard excerpts from the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack and it sounds like he’s copied some notable scores from recent years. And it makes me even more upset that people have been hailing the Memoirs score. You can see why. It’s got two classical music superstars, Yo […]

Forgot one…

Friday, February 10th, 2006

Yeah, when talking about Mozart and the movies how could you forget this one? Shawshank Redemption. That’s right. In the middle of prison labor, people look up and pause and enjoy the strains of a speakerphone singing…Mozart. Specifically the “Sull’aria” from the opera the Marriage of Figaro. Definitely qualifies as a great Mozart movie moment.

Mozart’s Birthday

Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Yes, I know, it was last last week. But still, they call it Mozart year because that’s how big the guy is. So if he was alive, he’d be 250 years old! And he’d probably be writing new music and maybe even scoring a few films.  After all, he did score one of the best […]

Oscar!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

So I’m pleased to inform you that three of the films nominated for best picture were also in my top 8 of 2005. Brokeback is perhaps the one truly great film that will be seen as a cultural cornerstone. Every future debate about gay cinema will include Brokeback. Every future debate about the merits of […]